Posts Tagged ‘Nova Scotia’


A curious fellow died one day and found himself waiting in the long line of judgment.

As he stood there he noticed that some souls were allowed to march right through the pearly gates into Heaven.

Others though, were led over to Satan who threw them into the burning pit.

But every so often, instead of hurling a poor soul into the fire, Satan would toss a soul off to one side into a small pile.

Watching Satan do this several times, the fellow’s curiosity got the best of him.

So he strolled over and asked Satan what he was doing.

“Excuse me, Mr. Prince of Darkness,” he said. “I’m waiting in line for judgment, but I couldn’t help wondering, why are you tossing those people aside instead of flinging them into the Fires of Hell with the others?”

“Ah, those,” Satan said with a groan. “They’re all from Nova Scotia …

They’re still too wet to burn.”

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If you were raised in Nova Scotia, music is in your soul, even if you cannot carry a tune or play a musical instrument – that would be me!

Last week we attended three events featuring lots of great music.

Wednesday night I went to see Poor Boy presented by The Zuppa Theatre Co. at the Neptune Theatre. A really good original play with lots of wonderful music by Jason MacIsaac and David Christensen. Congratulations Ben, Sue and Alex on a great production.

Friday it was off to the Symphony Nova Scotia concert featuring Rose Cousins and Chris “Old Man” Ludeke. Really “young man” Ludeke. Fabulous concert, sponsored by Nova Scotia Come to Life.

Sunday, we were lucky enough to attend a house concert at Paula and Mike Fredrick’s house. Wonderful, intimate setting to enjoy the music of Ian Sherwood. Lots of good food too.:-).

This week we are back to making hammocks. I’ve been doing a lot of product testing while enjoy the great CDs we purchased.

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This letter to the editor appeared in today’s Halifax Herald:
Maritime warmth

My sister, Lois Young, and I travelled to Mahone Bay to spend this past Christ­mas with our sister Connie Dea. De­spite the storm warnings as Jan. 1 ap­proached, we stuck with our plan and boarded the bus to Halifax on New Year’s Day. Arriving at the terminal, we quickly observed there were NO cabs.
Trying to manage six pieces of lug­gage between us, we made the slow walk along Terminal Road and on to a very snow-covered Lower Water Street. We could almost see our hotel just past the Market – not far.

In the distance, we saw a snowplow approaching. At least one side of the street would be a bit easier to walk on. A few minutes later, the plow returned to clear the other side of the street.

“Where are you gals headed? Are you OK to manage all that luggage?” the young driver asked us. We explained we were halfway there and could make it, to which he replied, “OK then, I will clear the way for you. Follow me” – and he was off in the blizzard with his warm and caring Maritime manner.

I miss Halifax!

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A Beautiful Day at Bay Hammocks

A Beautiful Day at Bay Hammocks

Even though it is winter here we are open at Bay Hammocks. How could we not be on a beauty day like this? We are busy making shade sails to ship to Tucson, AZ.

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It is a little know fact that Nova Scotia has the mildest winters in Canada. You wouldn’t know it today by looking out my office window:

The View From My Window, Nov 21, 2008

The View From My Window, Nov 21, 2008

As you can see, winter arrived early in Nova Scotia this year. Luckily we already put away the hammock and shade sail , which we recommend that you do also if you live in a winter climate. Unfortunately, the appointment to get snow tires on my Smart Car is for next week so I am keeping my fingers crossed – no more snow until then.

While we do not get a lot of snow here on the ocean, there are areas of Nova Scotia that usually get lots of snow, the Annapolis Valley for example. So we have great skiing – downhill and cross country – about a 1 hour drive from our home. There are lots of lakes that freeze so we get great outdoor skating. Last winter even the bay froze hard enough to skate for miles on- for a few days.

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So here we were, my husband Arch and I, retired and living near our families in Nova Scotia after 45 years of living and working in Ontario. We played golf and bridge, but not all the time. We enjoyed our time with our families, but they had to work for a living. We needed something to do. We were a bit at sixes and sevens when we stumbled upon the assets of a defunct hammock maker that once operated in the Head of St. Margaret’s Bay. We contacted the owners and after several discussions purchased 6 antique rope making machines, some hand-made hammock weaving looms, & shuttles and a hammock tying table along with the bits and pieces that were required to make hammocks and hammock swings. Most importantly, we were able to hire their Master Hammock Maker, Lynn Sallans, a skilled and creative artisan who can create whatever we (or you) can dream.

That first summer we set up our hammock making facility in a building at the old military base in Mill Cove NS and sold the hammocks we made from a roadside stand in Hubbards Nova Scotia. Then we started looking for a permanent home for our business, which we found on the Peggy’s Cove Road, in Seabright Nova Scotia.

As we started to renovate the building and open our hammock making business in Seabright we were sure of only one thing – we wanted to establish a business that would be fun to operate and a fun spot for customers to visit and shop. As we are making and selling hammocks this wasn’t too hard to do. The first summer in Seabright we felt our way along. We hung hammocks out among the trees on the lawn, added a couple of picnic tables for customers to use and, on nice days, Lynn worked outside, weaving hammocks and hammock swings. People loved dropping in, enjoying a picnic; swinging in the hammocks and watching Lynn weave the hammocks. But, their favourite thing was watching our antique rope-making machines at work.

The challenge was to set our shop up so visitors could see and follow the complete hammock making process from making the rope to finishing and hanging the hammock. Then we learned of The Atlantic ÉconoMusée Network. This is a network of shops that make their products using traditional handcrafting methods. These shops, which are self supporting businesses, are set up as working museums where visitors can learn the history of the craft and watch the products being made. We applied to join, were accepted, and officially opened as a rope and hammock making ÉconoMusée in June 2008.

So, five years later, here we are, busy and having fun. When you drop in you are greeted by our official greeter, Tara. Then Lynn or Arch act as you tour guide, showing you around the shop and demonstrating how the rope and hammocks are made. Hammocks and hammock swings are set up for you to test drive. The picnic area remains so bring along a snack or lunch to enjoy outside under the trees.

We are open 7 days a week 9am to 6 pm in June, July , August, and September, 11 am to 4 pm Wednesday to Sunday in October, November, December, April and May and by appointment or by chance in January, February and March.

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